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Hana Yori Dango

Hana Yori Dango

The average Tsukushi Makino attends the snobby, elite Eitoku Academy, which is dominated by the Flower Four (F4) – the sons of the most powerful families. Like the rest of her classmates, Tsukushi keeps a low profile until one day she can stand it no more! For her obstinance, the F4 declare war and it's Tsukushi against all. In the middle of it all, she finds herself drawn strangely close to two of the F4; they might not be as bad as they seem. With her heart torn between two boys, will Tsukushi be able to find the love she desires?

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Estuko Estuko says...

If you like the pretty boys, emotional rollercoasters, fear and twists of one of these shows, the other one is certain to make your heart stop and your guts twist again while watching tis one too... These series are both filled with all the extremes of love, friendship and dreams. Enjoy!

coffeebreath coffeebreath says...

Both are lengthy titles with similarly strong romance, comedy, and drama elements. They both have a more mature feeling about them that feels easier to relate to even though they have uncommon settings and themes - elite school/super wealth vs music industry/fame.

The characters are strong despite being very different - however, this is a good reason for me to rec these two together - since romance, shoujo or josei types are often criticised for having cliche characters. Nana and HYD feel to be an exception to this, HYD especially given its age probably set standards as opposed to ripping them off.

The difference in themes also make this a good rec for some variation as well as the conflicts that arise from them - both anime will cause you to question the decisions of the charactes or morality behind the events.

Both of them leave you wanting more after each episode, with perfectly constructed cliffhangers and a constant will-they-won't-they atmosphere that won't allow you to rest until you experience the concluding episodes.

White Album

White Album

Touya Fujii is a young university student who juggles two part-time jobs with his studies so that he can afford to live. The most important thing in his life is his girlfriend Yuki, but since she is an up and coming idol they barely get a chance to talk, let alone see each other. With her managers keeping a close watch on her and attempting to prevent their relationship, it seems that Touya and Yuki will simply have to make the most of their fleeting moments together. However, they do have one person fighting in their corner: Yuki’s friend - the famous idol Rina Ogata - hires Touya in order to create opportunities for the pair to be together. Unfortunately he is promptly fired when the production company discover her plan. When she pledges to make it up to him, Touya begins to wonder if Rina is all that she seems, and why is she going to so much trouble for him and Yuki?

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MrsickVisionz MrsickVisionz says...

This show and Nana share alot in common.  Both are focused around musicians and their relationships.  Nana is a good deal longer and has more progression over time, but both shows have numerous relationships.

Nana is more so focused on the friendship and everyday lives of the two female leads than the romances they are in.  Because White Album is shorter and focuses on only one guy, for the most part, it is very much centered around love triangles.

Also, both shows take a semi-realistic approach to romance.  Its always somewhat akward, but never goofy or echhi style harem.

If you loved the love triangle that non-rocker Nana got in, you will looooove White Album.  Its like Nana squared.  However, if you really got attached to the banter between the two Nanas and thought the romance was only ok, you'll want to avoid White Album.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

both series focus on girls that have a music career and on their relationship.Nana is abit longer and focuses on a friendship between two girls that share the same name while White Album is way shorter than Nana, it is centered on only one guy and focuses mostly on love triangle aspects but both series have a deep romance aspect.My guess is that if you liked Nana you will also like White Album.

Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%

Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%

When Haruka gets the chance to take the entrance exam for Saotome Academy for the Performing Arts, it seems as though she’s one step closer to her dream of composing songs for her favorite singer, Hayato. However, this is no gleeful high school musical experience, and Haruka’s hiding a dreadful secret that may silence her musical ambitions forever. And even if she does get into Saotome, the competition will be more brutal than going on Japan’s Top Idol!

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Muffy Muffy says...

they are both GREAT animes. The both have people singing and involves music. you should watch these!!!

AutumnFlower AutumnFlower says...

both are great stories about music and the life of music. As nana isn't focused on the idol business as much as uta no prince the love of music is apparent in both.

Say "I love you."

Say

Mei Tachibana has had neither a friend nor a boyfriend in 16 years, and she doesn’t plan on ending that streak any time soon. The outcast learned years ago that social obligations only lead to pain, and has carefully guarded her heart to keep from getting hurt. However, the girl can’t stay withdrawn forever, especially after attracting the attention of the handsome Yamato, who finds her caustic personality interesting and strives to date her after she roundhouse kicks him down the stairs. But even the most earnest of romances can be crippled by jealousy and insecurity, and this pair has plenty of both. Can their feelings for each other overcome their own emotional weaknesses, or will this love perish before it even begins?

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LadyXIV LadyXIV says...

They both have that dramatic shoujo feel to them and are also animes people could possibly relate to. The characters and story are very cute and it is pretty eventful for a drama.

Bronia Bronia says...

Both shows have a soap opera sort of feel. This might turn off some, but if you're enjoying either one you could definitely love the other. Both focus very much on the personal growth of women, as well as the relationships and friendships of them. Nana and Suki-tte are both fairly mature for shoujo, in subject matter and portrayal of characters. Nana is more grown up, since it's about young adults. Suki-tte is still fairly grown up, although it's about older teens as they become adults.

Both are heavily focused of romance, but Nana definitely puts more emphasis on friends although Suki-tte does use friendship as one of the main themes as well.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Upon his release from prison, a man seeks out the famous comedic storyteller Yakumo after falling in love with his rendition of a story called “Shinigami.” Yakumo accepts the ex-convict as his apprentice, nicknaming him “Yotaro.” As Yotaro gets acclimated to his new life, he meets Konatsu, a girl in the care of Yakumo who wants to become a performer as well, but is unable to because she is a woman. 

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harshrox2 harshrox2 says...

similar slow burning story about 2 charcters , and their relationship which change both of their lives, Josei, etc...

Bronia Bronia says...

Both shows are pretty grown-up looks at adult friendships, dreams, love, and life. Both follow individual(s) who are passionate about what they do but face hurdles in achieving their goals. Both shoes have strong protagonists who perservere through lots of drama. So. Much. Drama. If you like the emphasis on relationships (platonic and romantic) and a general melancholy and a study of characters and the hardship of love (and not just love between people, but love for the arts, etc...)

I can't really put this into words properly, but if you like one show, I encourage you to give the other a try. Due to differences in length, Nana may take you a bit more patience to get into the meat of it- but once you do you'll like what you see if you liked Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu!